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Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University’s Department of Nursing has signed a training affiliation agreement with the 17th Medical Group at Goodfellow Air Force Base to begin sending graduate-level nursing students to the Goodfellow Clinic for clinical practicums. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
With a grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Frostburg students are exploring gender-based violence, harassment and equality through Social Justice Theatre. Good actors trade in empathy, getting audiences to feel for characters. The "Theatre" helps students empathize with people from other cultures and backgrounds, and teaches them how to intervene if needed. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia (UNG) has signed an agreement creating a new partnership with the National University of Public Service (NUPS) in Budapest, only the third U.S. partner for the Hungarian university. The new partnership will include faculty and staff exchanges, as well as exchanges and internships for students and cadets. Read more

Valdosta State University (Ga.)
Valdosta State University became the first University System of Georgia institution of higher education to sign articulation agreements with all 22 units of the Technical College System of Georgia. On May Wednesday, May 24, VSU and Columbus Technical College entered into a Pathways Program partnership designed to increase the number of West Georgians pursuing and earning advanced training and education. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
K-12 teachers across the nation are seeing increased diversity in their classrooms, in ethnicity, learning needs, students’ backgrounds and more. A new partnership between Winthrop University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Ellson Elite Schools in Shijiazhuang, China, will help teacher candidates, practicing educators and university faculty develop the knowledge and skills to meet these diversity needs through study abroad opportunities. Read more



Grants and Gifts

James Madison University (Va.)
Dr. Mark Gabriele, a professor of biology, and Dr. Lincoln Gray, a professor of communication sciences and disorders, received $427,773 from the National Institute of Health for brain research in order to understand more underlying causes of sensory process disorders. Read more

SUNY Geneseo
Two SUNY Geneseo Geography Department faculty members have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) award of $232,099 for a collaborative research project to assess the environmental and human drivers and the cultural dimension of changes in oak forests in the eastern United States. Read more

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Texas A&M University-San Antonio, through a $1.4 million grant from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) Scholars Program, is expanding the pipeline of opportunity for Texas Early College High School graduates. The grant enables A&M-SA to further advance its mission by offering 40 scholarships to select Texas ECHS graduates admitted to the University over the course of 8 years. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
A $300,000 grant from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation funded spring scholarships for 25 University of Houston-Victoria students and will fund additional scholarships through 2018. At least 70 percent of the funds each semester will be awarded to students studying nursing, health studies, biology or kinesiology. The remaining funds will go to students in other majors. Read more

Washington State University Vancouver
The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation has given $2 million to establish an Endowed Chair in Hospitality Business Management in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University Vancouver. This is WSU Vancouver’s first endowed chair. The gift honors the late Tod McClaskey, founder of Red Lion Inn Hotels, and his wife, Maxine. Read more



Awards and Honors

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

  • Thanks to a $2,500 grant through an endowment from the UAFS Foundation honoring Lucille Speakman, one University of Arkansas - Fort Smith professor will travel to Spain to study religious artwork and gain knowledge that will benefit both her and her students. Read more
  • For the third straight year, a team University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students earned national recognition by competing against top schools from across the nation to raise awareness about the national debt. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law one of Top 10 law schools in the U.S. where graduates have the least student debt. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Center for eLearning and Connected Environments recently received the United States Distance Learning Association’s 21st Century Distance Learning Award, which celebrates outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning and recognizes organizational pioneers that shape the future of the industry, and the Innovation Award, recognizing unique solutions to Learning Environment Modeling, its language and the significant impact on distance learning. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield has been honored by the NAACP Decatur Branch with its prestigious Joe Slaw Civil Rights Award. Read more




Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
When dogs undergo surgery, veterinarians often must suture a nasal oxygen catheter to the animal, making for an uncomfortable recovery. Four Saginaw Valley State University electrical engineering students are working to ensure that patients at a Saginaw County pet emergency hospital will no longer have to endure that discomfort. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has appointed Philip Way, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Slippery Rock University, to serve as the University's Interim President effective July 21. Way will assume the duties following the retirement of Cheryl Norton, who has served as SRU's President since June 2012. He will serve as Interim President until the successful conclusion of the search for a permanent President. Read more